A New Health Care Quality Improvement Resource: WhyNotTheBest.org

The Commonwealth Fund has launched a new Web site, WhyNotTheBest.org, that allows health care providers, researchers, and professionals to easily conduct side-by-side comparisons of 4,500 hospitals nationwide, track performance over time against numerous benchmarks, and download tools to improve health care quality.


http://WhyNotTheBest.org allows you to:

Find the top-performing hospitals in the country on 24 nationally recognized measures of health care quality, including care provided for heart attack, heart failure, and pneumonia, and prevention of surgical infection

Compare a hospital against its peers

Learn how to improve the quality of care delivery and patient satisfaction.


On the Web site, users can search publicly reported Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services performance data by a number of hospital characteristics--including region, ownership, and size--and measure performance against top performers and state and national averages.


WhyNotTheBest.org provides case studies of high-performing hospitals and a library of tools offer lessons and strategies on ways to improve care. Featured tools include materials created by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the American Heart Association, and top hospitals around the country.


All information, including tools, can be saved to a "My Profile" page for later use. Over time, new measure sets and functionality, such as an Improvement Calculator to track progress toward benchmarks, will be added. IPRO, a not-for-profit health care evaluation and quality improvement organization, conducted all data analysis and Web development for the site.


(SOURCE: The Commonwealth Fund e-Alert, http://commonwealthfund.org, December 17, 2008)